DP (drama police): PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND OCCUPATION FOR THE RECORD:
Witness: DeQuina Moore ...Actress/Singer-Songwriter/Dancer/Author
DP: CURRENT PROJECT(S)?:
Witness: Flashdance the Musical ...Also working toward releasing my first self-titled, r&b/hip-hop
soul, solo album
DP: WHAT IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST THINGS YOU HAVE WITNESSED WHILE ON STAGE OR IN THE AUDIENCE?
Witness: In Flashdance there's a fabulous number called "Put It On" where we the flashdancers make the true distinction between flashdancing and stripping; and during this number we have to put clothes on so quickly while we are singing and dancing, so if anything gets off by even a little bit you might have to finish the number in your underwear! LOL! It's happened once or twice and it is HYSTERICAL! What's most funny is that if this happens, not only is it embarrassing, but it completely goes against what we are singing about: PUTTING IT ON is the song title! NOT taking it off! LOL!
DP: WHAT IS YOUR DREAM ROLE (no matter how against "type") AND WHAT GIVES YOU ARTISTIC LICENSE TO PLAY IT?
Witness: I have always wanted to play Dorothy in The Wiz !!! It's the reason I ever jumped into musical theatre!!! I just adore that musiccal!!! ...Liscense!?!? Well, I consider myself an accomplished actress/singer/dancer! I know I could effectively and emotionally tell that story, for my personal life has strongly paralleled Dorothy's. AND "Be A Lion" has been one of my main auditon songs to date; I've booked a lot of gigs with that masterpiece!
DP: WHAT 'SAFETY TIP' CAN YOU OFFER YOUNG ACTORS TO PROTECT THEIR SELF ESTEEM IN SUCH A TOUGH BUSINESS?
Witness: I always say KNOW YOUR CRAFT!!! Really educate yourself so that you are always growing as an artist, thereby slimming the competition! Also, DON'T GET THE "BIG HEAD"! Always remain "humble, grateful, and teachable"- the huge life lesson that my high school acting coach, Ms. Susan Phillips, taught me. Additionally, one last thing I live by: NEVER EVER COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS! ALWAYS COMPETE WITH YOURSELF & TRY TO ONE-UP YOUR OWN LAST PERFORMANCE! This way you are not distracted by others! Instead, you are always becoming a better artist, therefore solidifying your place in this industry!
DP: ANYTHING YOU WANT TO CONFESS, I MEAN "SHARE?"
Witness: LOL! I can confess... I mean share... that I am filled with lots of insecurities and I question myself all the time. But with practice and experience and my will to learn/need to grow, I have mastered how to use my fear and adrenaline to enhance my performance versus allowing those things to hold me back! In other words, we won't always have the perfect performance-sometimes we might even fall flat on our faces-but it's about learning from that experience, jumping back on the bandwagon and continuing on an on and on! Each moment, even the bad and/or embarrassing ones will shape your artistry and will only make you stronger! It's just a matter of perpective!
DP: IF YOU COULD CREATE ANY SHOWBUISNESS LAW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Witness: Hmmmm, I know! Every theatre and/or company would have to have the most amazing sound system for the singers!! There's nothing scarier than trying to pull off a great performance when it's hard to hear yourself in the monitors and/or hear the music!! Ugh!! It would be a HARDCORE law if I could decide!! LOL!!
Accomplished actress, singer-songwriter, performer, producer, entrepreneur and now author, DeQuina Moore is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Forget triple-threat! This captivating artist is a natural born SEPTUPLE-threat with the looks, passion, drive, and personality that walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk of a true superstar. Truly a southern belle-born and raised in Houston, TX-DeQuina had to master many voice-and-diction classes in order to lose her accent when needed, further upgrading her acting chops. This scholarly Thespian trained at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts(HSPVA) and furthered her rewarding education at the prestigious New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was readily discovered by agencies/management and began working immediately!
DeQuina Moore’s elephantine passion for theatre, film, and television was inspired by an array of moments. For one, from the first to the eighth grade she used to sneak out of class, tip-toe to the bathroom and put on a little scene, song and dance! Her favorite teacher from the second grade, Mrs. Wilson, still tells this story to date. Later, in the eighth grade she began interning at the local radio stations, 97.9 The Box and Majic 102 Jams, where her musical flame was further sparked. And then, while training in the Young Performers Program at The Ensemble Theatre, she identified her multi-talented abilities, how they could all work together for a stronger career; and from there, focused on ways to showcase her many gifts.
DeQuina’s fearless, alluring, and purpose-driven makeup is evident in her success. She has landed numerous national/international commercials, voice-overs, and print ads with such companies as Coca-Cola, Payless, Bank of America and many more. On the small screen, she has secured starring roles on majors like Law & Order:SVU, Lifetime’s Racing For Time, NBC’s Third Watch, and more. On the big screen, she most recently enjoyed her leading role as Devonne in Joyful Noise, sharing the screen with superstars such as Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton; and, her film career goes on to include such movies as Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, The Last New Yorker, Ghost Town, Rachel Getting Married, Camp, and more. Additionally, DeQuina’s stage life has soared with starring roles like originating Little Shop of Horrors’ Chiffon on Broadway, and also originating in Broadway’s Legally Blonde the Musical as Pilar! She’s played in several other shows such as Shakespeare in the Park’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hair(AFC), Happy Days the Musical, Beehive, The Wiz, and is currently starring in the Broadway bound national tour of Flashdance the Musical, as Kiki: the sassy, sexy, savvy waitress by day/”flashdancer” by night!
Further, DeQuina Moore is heavily featured on major Broadway cast recordings and was blessed to have the opportunity to open concerts for various artists like Eric Benet and Destiny’s Child. She has also graced the stage and/or screen with such notables as N’sync’s Joey Fatone, Bill Cosby, Keke Palmer, Charles S. Dutton, Nia Long, Courtney B. Vance, Tyler Perry, Chris Christopherson, and more. DeQuina has performed as a background singer for a few artists-some of which were overseas recordings-having to take on the challenge of singing in various Asian languages which was hilarious and loads of fun. Other special guest spots include opening The Tony Awards with the awesome Hugh Jackman performing the top number: “One Night Only”. Plus, DeQuina has performed on popular television spots, as well, namely The View, The David Letterman Show, and The Today Show. Despite one theatre’s requests for the audience to hold their applause during her performance of Tina Turner and Diana Ross in “Beehive” the musical, DeQuina received multiple standing ovations and applause which further proved what a thunderous, well-rounded entertainer she is.
In addition to currently lighting up the stage as Kiki in Flashdance the Musical, DeQuina is now working toward the release of her debut r&b/hip-hop-soul album under her own label: D-Lux Records!
This proud AEA/AFTRA/SAG member is on fire! She has the dreams of a mastermind and will to continue to reach even higher, for her ultimate life mission is to eventually help others effectively attain their goals-whatever those aspirations may be. In fact, DeQuina has already begun this feat. She currently sits on the board of Bridge Da Gap, an organization centered around utilizing a new, creative curriculum and music to rebuild the interconnected social foundation of our youth, in turn uplifting their chances of grasping a better education. Due to her mantra that she lives by (remain humble, grateful, and teachable), this septuple-threat has been able to accomplish more than she ever imagined, and is nowhere near finished; therefore, she wishes to instill this work ethic and train of thought in many artists/citizens to come.
Watch out for this rising star! DeQuina Moore’s talent is magnificently incomparable and unstoppable!
“You have the right to remain creative”… Michael Fletcher Tester